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Sr. Director of Development, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Florida State University Foundation
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 21, 2022

Job ID: 53479

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Tallahassee, FL

Regular/Temporary: Regular



FSU Foundation 

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy


Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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The Senior Director of Development for the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will strategically design and execute a personal solicitation program resulting in philanthropic support by maximizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects for gifts at the $100,000 and up level.  This individual will secure, on an annual basis, private support at the major gift range and will also be responsible for identification of potential major gift prospects. This individual will be expected to uphold and exemplify the operating practices and mission of the Foundation.


Works with the Dean, the Executive Vice President, FSU Foundation, and other members of the College’s development, communication, and alumni team to develop and execute strategic fundraising initiatives on behalf of the College, the University, and the Foundation. Develops, coordinates, and executes an annual major gift plan of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, implementing fund-raising activities designed to meet an established monetary goal. Establishes new relationships and stewards existing relationships resulting in philanthropic revenue, maintains existing relationships which may generate new philanthropic revenue, and provides prospect/donor-related assessments of the performance of the College and the FSU Foundation. Identifies, qualifies, and sustains a donor prospect portfolio with individuals who have a giving capacity of $100,000 or more. Secures gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of FSU. Exhibits and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic priorities of the college unit, effectively matching the specific interests of prospects to those needs.


Supervises and assists in the professional development of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy fundraising staff, to include monitoring performance metrics.  Leads staff in establishing a philanthropically focused, supportive work environment.  Manages the Alumni Relations Coordinator and COSSPP Development Officer, initiating up to date communications, informal exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with the Dean and faculty of the COSSPP.  Facilitates the development, maintenance, and monitoring of strategically aligned staff work plans.

Central Development Collaboration

Coordinates with FSU Foundation colleagues to identify prospects for planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, and major giving. Coordinates an annual giving plan for the College with the FSU Foundation’s Director of Annual Giving. Protects confidential information. Perform other related duties as required and assigned.


Assists in the facilitation of meetings, communications, informational exchanges and project/philanthropic coordination with unit heads, faculty, and faculty endowed chairs. Plans for and initiates direct activities with prospects that are designed to enhance the affiliation between the prospect and the University. Prepares proposals and gift agreements as required for proper gift documentation. Prepares correspondence with prospects and documents communications, solicitation activity and gift information in compliance with Foundation reporting guidelines. Creates, inspires, and maintains donor loyalty, interest, and enthusiasm through stewardship communication and activities designed to express recognition, appreciation, and the impact of their gift(s). Implementation activities of such a stewardship plan may include, but should not be limited to, letters, communication of unit or university initiatives, invitations to appropriate activities, meetings, events, student engagement, or the facilitation of campus visits.


Bachelor’s degree and six years of experience; or a high school diploma/equivalent and experience equal to ten years. (Note: post-high school education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office products suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), or equivalent software.

Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

A self-starter, comfortable working independently.

Professional demeanor, collaborative leader, and a can-do, assertive philosophy.

Ability to maintain consistent and positive communication with the Dean and Foundation.

Excellent communication skills, to include effective and persuasive writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to facilitate strong communications with colleagues, donors, prospective donors, and alumni, including e-mails, letters, and telephone solicitation programs.

Creative thinker that understands and can implement a culture of donor stewardship.

Ability to prioritize, organize, and perform multiple work assignments with attention to detail within a collaborative work environment.

Ability and willingness to travel and work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

A valid Florida or Georgia Driver's License, or the ability to obtain.

*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their online application.*


Advanced degree preferred.

Minimum of four years of professional experience in major gift development in a university setting; experience in a related field with basic knowledge of personal solicitation methods may also be considered.

Experience with Blackbaud’s CRM Platform or other fundraising information management systems/databases preferred.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

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Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

*Applicants must upload a cover letter & resume with their online application. *

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

The hiring committee will review applications as received.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.

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